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Title: Build Me A Home
Rating: White Cortina
Pairing: Sam/Gene
Wordcount: 576
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit, as she sadly missed out on one of her presents for [livejournal.com profile] martianholiday. Happy Christmas, dear!



The other side of the bed was empty. Sam blinked and huffed out a breath through his nose, feeling faintly sick and head spinning. Cautiously he rolled over on his side, extracted his numb hand from beneath his pillow and ran the back of it over cool sheets. His thumb caught on a small stray strand of blond hair and he played with it for a while, winding it around.

Eventually his bladder insisted he get up. That done, he found his vest and socks and trousers and wandered downstairs, shivering a little at the chill on the kitchen tiles. He had expected to find Gene there, munching his way through a few dozen mince pies or something. Instead what got his attention was the bright, white, but nonetheless natural light streaming in through the window. Sam remembered a few tiny flakes falling on their way home from the pub, but...he looked out and saw a large snowman. Rubbed his eyes, pinched the bridge of his nose. Had to be hallucinating again. It wasn't merely a large snowman. It was bloody enormous.

At that moment, thank god, Gene trudged into view from where he must have been crouching near the fence, out of Sam's field of vision through the relatively small window. He was carrying a shovel full of snow, which he deposited near the base of the snowman before jamming the shovel into the frozen ground and resting his hands on his hips, straightening out his back. Sam saw the white wisps of his breath bluster into the air. Gene rubbed the back of his gloved hand across the end of his nose then lowered it again, turning in a small arc, evidently choosing the next spot on the lawn to dig up snow from. As he turned, his eyes passed over and then gradually focused on the kitchen window. Sam pulled his face back from the glass with a start.

Gene started pulling off his gloves and heading for the back door. Sam hurried to let him in. Gene looked guilty and disappointed, stamping his boots on the step and scattering snow everywhere. "You weren't supposed to wake up yet. I was going to say some kids climbed over the fence and did it."

Sam shook his head in disbelief. "You...is this because...what I said in the pub last night? About moving around a lot when I was little and not always having a garden to build one in?"

Gene shrugged and gently pushed Sam back so he could get in and close the door behind him. As soon as it clicked shut Sam grabbed his lapels, shoved him back against it and kissed him, uncaring that the snow on Gene's coat would sting his bare arms or seep through his thin vest. Gene gave a surprised grunt but went with it, meeting Sam's tongue with his own and wrapping his arms around Sam's back.

Quite some time later, when Sam finally let him up for air, Gene sniffed and declared "I am entirely too old for snowmen. If you mention this -"

Sam cut him off, grinning. "Says the man who eats Sherbet Fountains for lunch."

Later that day, the snowman had acquired some new arms. One of the branches forked out at the end, and was positioned in such a way that it looked as though it were making a rude hand gesture to anyone who happened to peer out at it.



Date: 2012-12-23 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fern-tree.livejournal.com
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH SKYYYYYYYYY

This is so cuuuuuuuuute!!! GENE MADE SAM A SNOWMANNNNN! <3333333333

I love the description of Sam waking up and lying in bed too. And Gene saying Sam wasn't supposed to see him making it <3

And then Sam just kissing him because OMG IT WAS SUCH A SWEET THING TO DOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

HNNGGHHHHH <33333333333333333333

Date: 2012-12-23 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Sky, thank you so much for this. It is just lovely, fluffy and silly and exactly what I wanted. So many things I could pick up on, but the final sentence just nails it - so very Gene.

Date: 2012-12-23 01:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] little_cello
tgfhjzsfgsjdfs Skyyyyy the fluffffff omg I think I'm getting cavities here;;;;;

No but seriously, I love love love how you describe things, in general, in your fics. You have such a great sense of establishing atmosphere, and then combining that with fluff, it's a combination of pure win. <333 I think my favourite part is this: Sam remembered a few tiny flakes falling on their way home from the pub, but...he looked out and saw a large snowman. Rubbed his eyes, pinched the bridge of his nose. Had to be hallucinating again. It wasn't merely a large snowman. It was bloody enormous.
Because I can SO see John Simm acting that out in his own special way, it'd be hilarious. (Oh dear, LoM!Christmas-special feels and needs, helllllppppppp)

Date: 2012-12-23 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fawsley.livejournal.com
THIS is the perfect Sam/Gene Christmas fic. Sleepy!Confused Sam, Gruff!Adorable Gene, Boys!Kissing, Offensive!Snowman. I don't think I have words to express how wonderful it all is. And that final paragraph - that's what makes it genius. I think it may have actually been worth thesmalhobbit missing out on the exchange if it resulted in you coming up with this.

I'm never going to make it to reading all the armedbastards fics if I get waylaid by Gene's snowman, am I? Think I'll have to save it all up for a post-Chrimble stay-in-bed indulgence fest!
Edited Date: 2012-12-23 02:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-08-23 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danae_b
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH omg I think the cute killed me. *bounces right back!* This is so so so adorable <3333 Sam waking up on his own, twirling that bit of Gene's hair about, sgalhslahss;a GENE BUILDING HIM A SNOWMAN BECAUSE OF WHAT SAM HAD SAID AT THE PUB, soooooo so so so cute and otp and I LOVE THEM SO MUCCCCCCCH. The kiss is perfection. <3333 The end made me laugh out loud. XD

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